Thursday, 25 September 2014

Fishing : the worrying decline in fish stocks in Europe

The quantity of fish caught on the old continent has halved in thirty years. As a result of overfishing and certain environmental factors, the capacity of fish stocks to regenerate is increasingly problematic.The measures taken by the European Union to tighten fishing quotas since the end of the 1990s have had little or no impact: the level of fish stocks, with a few fortunate exceptions, is not rising. “The results have not lived up to expectations,” notes Didier Gascuel, Director of the Fishery Department of Agrocampus Ouest and co-author of a very recent study on the evolution of fish stocks in European waters (excluding the Mediterranean), published in the scientific journal “Fish and Fisheries”.